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Vintage Photos of Pre-Gentrified Stoke Newington, London in the late 1970s

Stoke Newington is an area located in the northwest part of the London Borough of Hackney. It was formed in 1965 by the merger of three former Metropolitan Boroughs, Hackney, and the smaller authorities of Stoke Newington and Shoreditch.

These fascinating throwback photos by Alan Denney show Stoke Newington in the late 1970s. During the late 1970s, the area almost looked like it had been abandoned. There were rows and rows of decaying, poorly-maintained Victorian houses, many of them empty. Today there are Foxtons, Planet Organic, Whole Foods, and Jojo Maman Bébé on the Stoke Newington High Street or Church Street. Still, in the 1970s, there were just numerous empty shops, many of them faced with graffitied corrugated iron.

#1 Stoke Newington Common in the Binmen’s strike 1979

Stoke Newington Common in the Binmen’s strike 1979

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#2 Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#3 Stoke Newington Common in the Binmen’s strike 1979 – home to the young Marc Bolan

Stoke Newington Common in the Binmen’s strike 1979 – home to the young Marc Bolan

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#4 Seal Street 1979

Seal Street 1979

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#5 Tinned-up shops on Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Tinned-up shops on Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#6 Another row of tinned-up houses in Stoke Newington 1979

Another row of tinned-up houses in Stoke Newington 1979

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#7 Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#8 Stoke Newington Commo

Stoke Newington Commo

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#9 Dalston Junction Station 1979 The large building beyond the station was the Dalston Theatre home of the Four Aces Club

Dalston Junction Station 1979 The large building beyond the station was the Dalston Theatre home of the Four Aces Club

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#10 Ridley Road 1979

Ridley Road 1979

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#11 Seal Street 1979

Seal Street 1979

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#12 Ridley Road 1979

Ridley Road 1979

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#13 Colvestone Crescent 1979 Rubbish piling up during the Binmen’s strike

Colvestone Crescent 1979 Rubbish piling up during the Binmen’s strike

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#14 Stoke Newington Common

Stoke Newington Common

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#15 Birkbeck Road junction with Ridley Road 1979

Birkbeck Road junction with Ridley Road 1979

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#16 Northwold Road – Fountayne Road in 1978. The view from 20 Stoke Newington Common as a number 73 bus takes the corner

Northwold Road – Fountayne Road in 1978. The view from 20 Stoke Newington Common as a number 73 bus takes the corner

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#17 Michael Ferreira’s funeral, 1979

Michael Ferreira’s funeral, 1979

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#18 Stoke Newington Common Festival c. 1979

Stoke Newington Common Festival c. 1979

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#19 Northwold Road 1978

Northwold Road 1978

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#20 Stoke Newington Common 1975

Stoke Newington Common 1975

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#21 Foggy Fountayne Road 1978

Foggy Fountayne Road 1978

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#22 The Beckers, Rectory Road 1978

The Beckers, Rectory Road 1978

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#23 Stoke Newington Common Festival 1979

Stoke Newington Common Festival 1979

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#24 Michael Ferreira’s funeral 1979 – a group of plainclothes policemen wait on the corner of Victorian Road.

Michael Ferreira’s funeral 1979 – a group of plainclothes policemen wait on the corner of Victorian Road.

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#25 Tinned up shop on Stoke Newington High Street 1978

Tinned up shop on Stoke Newington High Street 1978

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#26 Sam Stoller’s wet fish and The EGGS, Stamford Hill 1978

Sam Stoller’s wet fish and The EGGS, Stamford Hill 1978

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#27 Derelict shop on Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Derelict shop on Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#28 Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#30 Michael Ferreira’s funeral – Stoke Newington police station, 1979

Michael Ferreira’s funeral – Stoke Newington police station, 1979

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#31 Stoke Newington High Street 1978

Stoke Newington High Street 1978

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#32 Stoke Newington Common Festival 1978

Stoke Newington Common Festival 1978

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#33 Stoke Newington Common Festival 1978

Stoke Newington Common Festival 1978

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#34 Stoke Newington Common Festival a 1979 – Bad Manners play

Stoke Newington Common Festival a 1979 – Bad Manners play

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#35 Stoke Newington High Street 1979

Stoke Newington High Street 1979

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#36 Northwold Road-Fountayne Road 1975

Northwold Road-Fountayne Road 1975

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#37 Stoke Newington Common Festival c 1979 Local band Bad Manners

Stoke Newington Common Festival c 1979 Local band Bad Manners

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#38 Stoke Newington Common 1978 The graffiti on the fence referred to the 13th August 1977 – the Battle of Lewisham

Stoke Newington Common 1978 The graffiti on the fence referred to the 13th August 1977 – the Battle of Lewisham

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#39 Stoke Newington 1979

Stoke Newington 1979

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Written by Aung Budhh

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